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Business / Economy Jun 8, 2016

Japan logs current account surplus for 22nd consecutive month

Japan posted a current account surplus for the 22nd consecutive month in April, the government said Wednesday, as declining crude oil prices reduced imports and rising numbers of foreign tourists pushed up a travel surplus. The current account surplus expanded 41.7 percent from a year ...

DP urges BOJ to abandon negative interest rates

Business Jun 8, 2016

DP urges BOJ to abandon negative interest rates

by Isabel Reynolds

The Bank of Japan should ditch its negative interest rate policy because it is spreading unease among savers and small companies, the main opposition party said a month ahead of an Upper House election. Shiori Yamao, 41, a former public prosecutor turned policy chief of ...

Baird's beaked whale is first catch of season

National Jun 8, 2016

Baird's beaked whale is first catch of season

Fishermen landed the first Baird's beaked whale of the season on Wednesday, local authorities said. The whale, a 10-meter-long female weighing roughly 10 tons, was landed at Hakodate port, Hokkaido, early Wednesday after being caught in the sea off Matsumae, Hakodate, city officials said. Commercial fishermen ...

Amami Oshima resort offers unique barrier-free experience

National Jun 8, 2016

Amami Oshima resort offers unique barrier-free experience

by Supriya Singh

A marine sports facility built exclusively to cater to people with disabilities is making waves as a place where wheelchair users can have the "zero gravity" experience of floating freely in the sea. The all-inclusive, barrier-free facility located near a tranquil beach with crystalline coral ...

Obama, Modi praise prep work on six-reactor deal in India

Business Jun 8, 2016

Obama, Modi praise prep work on six-reactor deal in India

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday welcomed the start of preparatory work on six nuclear reactors in India, a key step in closing the first deal stemming from a U.S.-India civil nuclear accord struck over a decade ago. The ...

The topic of AI always raises HAL and more

Film Jun 8, 2016

The topic of AI always raises HAL and more

by Giovanni Fazio

An astronaut in deep space finishes up some repairs to the parabolic antenna on his spacecraft's exterior. Through his helmet's microphone, he commands the ship's controlling supercomputer, HAL 9000, "Open the pod bay doors, HAL." A second later he gets a calm, cold response ...

'Girls' just wanna have fun in Japan

Film | Wide Angle Jun 8, 2016

'Girls' just wanna have fun in Japan

by Mark Thompson

"Girls," an Emmy award-winning HBO series, focuses on a quartet of women in their early 20s who are trying to — surprise, surprise — figure out what they want to do with their lives. Like its outspoken creator — the intellectual "It Girl" Lena ...

Fighters squeeze past Carp

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 8, 2016

Fighters squeeze past Carp

Rookie right-hander Hirotoshi Takanashi earned a win in his first start of the season as Hokkaido Nippon Ham squeezed in two runs in a 4-2 come-from-behind interleague victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Wednesday. Given the chance to start after 23 games in relief, Takanashi ...

Goromaru signs with French side Toulon

More Sports / Rugby Jun 8, 2016

Goromaru signs with French side Toulon

Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru said Wednesday he will play in the French Top 14 with Toulon from August. "As it has been announced today, it's been decided I will play at Toulon from August in the French league," Goromaru said on his official blog site. "I ...

Laird grateful for Fighters' support

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 8, 2016

Laird grateful for Fighters' support

by Jim Allen

Although the start of his Japan career was truly forgettable, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters third baseman Brandon Laird has not forgotten those who helped him get through it. Laird was named the May winner of the Pacific League's Player of the Month Award on Tuesday, ...

Halilhodzic slams Japan's nice guys after Bosnia defeat

Soccer Jun 8, 2016

Halilhodzic slams Japan's nice guys after Bosnia defeat

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic ripped into his players and accused them of not being nasty enough after their lack of a mean streak was laid bare in Tuesday night's 2-1 Kirin Cup final defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hiroshi Kiyotake gave Japan a 28th-minute lead, ...